PHOENIX (Aug. 15, 2011) The Musical Instrument Museum’s 2011–2012 concert season features dynamic, live performances of the finest traditional, contemporary, instrumental, and vocal music from around the world. More than 60 concerts will be presented from September 2011 through May 2012 in the intimate, acoustically superb MIM Music Theater.
The fall series is sponsored in part by Sanderson Lincoln, Sanderson Volvo of Phoenix, and Sanderson Ford. Sponsorship support is also provided by Bank of America.
Global offerings include top musicians from Israel (Chava Alberstein, Dec. 8; David Broza, Jan. 28–29); the British Isles (Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Oct. 1; Battlefield Band, Nov. 4; Susan McKeown, Dec. 4; John Doyle, Karan Casey, and John Williams, March 17); and Hawaii (The Brothers Cazimero, Nov. 12; Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, Jan. 7; Amy Hᾱnaiali’i and Jeff Peterson, Feb. 25).
On Oct. 14 and 15, performers from Chengdu, China, will showcase their talents in three performances that are sure to dazzle the entire family with stunning costumes, traditional music, and magical “face-changing” artistry.
In celebration of Canyon Records’ 60th anniversary, MIM is presenting a concert series featuring Native American artists including legendary flutist R. Carlos Nakai (Oct. 9 and March 31) and other popular Canyon Records artists.
Guitar lovers will be treated to two special events. On Nov. 20, MIM Music Theater hosts the 2011 Thomas Beeston Guitar Competition, featuring four finalists from the nationally acclaimed University of Arizona guitar studio. On Jan. 22, the International Guitar Night tour comes to MIM. This annual celebration of the world’s foremost guitarists will include founder Brian Gore, England’s Adrian Legg, Germany’s Lulo Reinhardt, and Brazil’s Marco Pereira.
MIM also is the place for jazz, with performances by legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal (Sept. 23), the Stan Kenton Alumni Band (Oct. 21), young keyboard virtuoso Eldar Djangirov (Nov. 11), Grammy-winning vocal ensemble New York Voices (Feb. 18), and Paquito D’Rivera with the Brasil Guitar Duo (March 9). MIM’s popular Jazz Holiday Celebration returns Dec. 17 with Marty Ashby and his star-studded trio performing with a “who’s who” of local jazz talent.
In addition, on Dec. 3 the Phoenix Opera and the Phoenix Opera Orchestra will present two holiday shows. A matinee performance of holiday songs will be highlighted by a visit from Santa Claus, plus cocoa and cookies after the concert. In the evening, a program of traditional and international holiday music including “Silent Night” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah will be presented.
MIM’s 2011–2012 concert season also features chamber music, American roots music, and free daytime concerts by faculty and students from the Schools of Music at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
Listen to the world at MIM Music Theater–the Valley’s premier concert venue. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 480.478.6000, or visit the MIM Ticket Office in person or online at www.theMIM.org. The MIM Music Theater is located at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., in north Phoenix (southwest corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101).
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MIM enriches the world community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible high-quality musical instruments, images, and music from every country in the world. We celebrate our world’s diverse musical cultures and foster global understanding by offering our guests an incomparable interactive experience, a welcome and fun environment, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances.
Erin Kozak, Media Relations Specialist